MK GANDHI PARALYSED THE HINDUS: BOMBAY RIOTS
Date: 01 Oct 2008
Now Hindu festivals can't be celebrated freely. And NCP will never side with Hindus. Rabodi has become another Kashmir.
Hindus keep watching!
Riots in Thane over Navratri pandal
30 Sep 2008, 0206 hrs IST,TNN
THANE: The Rabodi area here witnessed tension between two communities over a Navratri pandal on Monday evening.
Police said though the issue was sorted out, tensions developed yet again in the evening. A huge mob gathered in the area, stoned the Rabodi police station and set fire to three cars and a bakery.
Thane police commissioner A P Dhere said, "A group was erecting a pandal and an arch. People from one community objected and there was stone throwing. When police reached the spot, they were attacked."
The police did not fire, he said, but resorted to a lathicharge. The exact number of injured is not yet known. Dhere said an additional commissioner and other officers had been rushed to the spot. Three companies of the State Reserve Police have reached the site. "We will contain the tension and restore normalcy," Dhere said.
NCP MLC Jitendra Awhad said, "The VHP and Bajrang Dal are quite active in this area. They insisted that the pandal be constructed at the same spot. The police were trying to bring about a compromise, but matters took a turn for the worse late in the evening."
VHP leader Shankar Gaikar said, "The trouble erupted over a small temporary gate set up for Navaratri. Some of the rioters were carrying swords." He blamed a senior police officer for the trouble.
Police have sought the help of senior NCP leader and deputy chairperson of the state legislative council Vasant Davkhare and VHP leaders to help reduce the tension. "People from the minority community are not allowing entry to anyone. Fire brigade personnel watched helplessly when the vehicles were set ablaze," a police official said.
Additional commissioner of police (crime) Prashant Burde and deputy commissioner of police Bhujangrao Shinde are camping at the spot to sort out the issue.